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Prophets, Cults and Madness [2000]

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Published in 2000 by Duckworth.

Cult leaders inspire intense loyalty among their followers, yet they strike outsiders as loathsome. Why are there so many of them and why do they persist throughout history despite the fact that most cults disintegrate completely under the strain of their mad ideas? In this study of the thin partitions that separate cult leaders from full-blown schizophrenia, this book argues that the answer lies in our gene pool. The sexual charisma of schizotypal leaders - from Hitler, David Koresh and Jim Jones on the one side and Jesus on the other side of the spectrum - play a vital role when groups split and this is in turn vital for the survival of the species.

An academic book which will also be of interest to the general reader. Includes extensive notes and a useful index.

Attached to the front end-paper is a sticker giving the name and address of a previous owner.
Some hand-written names on the rear end-paper.

Complete with original unclipped dust jacket this is in a nice clean condition throughout with a firm binding. Fresh and clean throughout.

Item details

Author(s):
Anthony Stevens and John Price
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
15.7 cm by 23.4 cm
Edition:
2000
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0715629409
ISBN-13:
9780715629406
Number of pages:
246
Publisher:
Duckworth
Title:
Prophets, Cults and Madness

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Published in 2000 by Duckworth.

Cult leaders inspire intense loyalty among their followers, yet they strike outsiders as loathsome. Why are there so many of them and why do they persist throughout history despite the fact that most cults disintegrate completely under the strain of their mad ideas? In this study of the thin partitions that separate cult leaders from full-blown schizophrenia, this book argues that the answer lies in our gene pool. The sexual charisma of schizotypal leaders - from Hitler, David Koresh and Jim Jones on the one side and Jesus on the other side of the spectrum - play a vital role when groups split and this is in turn vital for the survival of the species.

An academic book which will also be of interest to the general reader. Includes extensive notes and a useful index.

Attached to the front end-paper is a sticker giving the name and address of a previous owner.
Some hand-written names on the rear end-paper.

Complete with original unclipped dust jacket this is in a nice clean condition throughout with a firm binding. Fresh and clean throughout.

Author(s):
Anthony Stevens and John Price
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
15.7 cm by 23.4 cm
Edition:
2000
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0715629409
ISBN-13:
9780715629406
Number of pages:
246
Publisher:
Duckworth
Title:
Prophets, Cults and Madness

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